New U.S. Embassy Compound Top Out Ceremony 

Press Release November 24, 2020 Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo Vila and Guatemala City Mayor Ricardo Quiñónez Lemus joined Ambassador William W. Popp on November 23, 2020 at the New U.S. Embassy’s construction site in the capital’s Zona 16 to commemorate the project’s “Top Out” ceremony.  A “Top Out” is a “builder’s rite” that marks the stage in a ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 21, 2020) Location: Guatemala City Event:  Due to ongoing protests today that have turned violent, U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the Zone 1 area between the Guatemalan Congress and National Palace in Guatemala City. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. ... Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 18, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  FUEGO VOLCANO THREATENS DOWNSTREAM POPULATIONS: Heavy rains from Hurricane Iota have significantly increased the potential for destructive lahars to form on the flanks of Fuego Volcano, threatening populations and infrastructure downstream. Heavy rainfall has the potential to mobilize a large ... Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 18, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  IOTA BRINGS HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING, ROAD CLOSURES:  Tropical depression Iota will continue to bring heavy rains across portions of Guatemala today.  Life-threatening flash floods along with river flooding and mudslides are expected through Thursday, and could be exacerbated ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Additional US$7 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to respond to Eta and Iota

Press Release November 18, 2020 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, has allocated US$7 million in disaster assistance funds to support relief efforts in Guatemala through international humanitarian partner organizations in response to recent storms and floods. This additional US$7 million in disaster assistance funding for Guatemala will help to ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 17, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  HURRICANE IOTA WEAKENS, BUT HEAVY RAINS FORECAST:  Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane Monday, but weakened overnight and is currently a category 2 hurricane. Iota is forecast to further weaken today into a ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Georgia U.S. Senate Special Runoff Election – November 16, 2020

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala The state of Georgia will hold a special senate runoff election on January 5, 2021.  If you are registered to vote in Georgia, you should automatically receive your ballot by November 21, 2020.  If you are not registered to vote in Georgia, the registration ... Read More»

United States Assistance to Guatemala during Tropical Storm ETA

Press Release November 16, 2020 The United States provided humanitarian assistance Guatemala in the aftermath of tropical storm Eta, serving approximately 310,000 Guatemalans in 25 communities affected by the Eta tropical storm in nine departments (Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Jutiapa, El Progreso, and Santa Rosa).  The assistance included 23 rescues, 39 evacuations, more ... Read More»

RFQ 19GT5021Q0005 – 5-Gallon Water Bottles for the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala

5-Gallon Water Bottles for the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala   (PDF – 542KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to: GuatemalaBids@state.gov Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due December 15, 2020 by COB 17:00 hours. For more information, contact: Lorena Galdamez (502) 5205-8011 GaldamezAL@state.gov Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – November 16, 2020. Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  HURRICANE IOTA STRENGTHENING, PACAYA VOLCANO INCREASES ACTIVITY: Iota has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, with winds speeds of up to 155 mph (249 km/h), and could develop into a Category 5 hurricane as it approaches Central America tonight and moves onshore in Nicaragua and Honduras. Iota ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event: POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORECAST: A weather system currently developing in the Caribbean is forecast to strengthen over the weekend into a tropical depression or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall over an area extending from northeastern Nicaragua to eastern ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala, country wide. Event: POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORECAST: A weather system currently developing in the Caribbean is forecast to strengthen over the weekend into a tropical depression or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall over an area extending from northeastern Nicaragua to eastern Guatemala. Guatemala is expecting over 6 to 10 inches of rainfall (152 to 254 ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, November 11

REF# 2020 – 34 November 10, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, to commemorate Veterans Day.   The Embassy will re-open on Thursday, November 12, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19:  See  here  for information on American Citizen Services.  See  here  for information on Non-Immigrant Visas.  See  here  for information ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:   CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA: USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) reports that flash flood threats will continue over southwestern Guatemala during the next 36 hours. River flooding will continue in these areas over the next few days. Guatemala’s INSIVUMEH forecasts rain throughout the south (Pacific Coast) and ... Read More»

The United States Provides Immediate Aerial Assistance to Support Communities and Save Lives in the wake of Tropical Depression Eta

Press Release November 7, 2020 Guatemala City – The United States Government is providing immediate aerial assistance to the government of Guatemala to support communities and individuals impacted by Tropical Depression Eta. This assistance is in the form of two U.S. helicopters as well as pilot support and technical assistance for five Policia Nacional (PNC) ... Read More»

Message to US citizens: Weather Alert – Tropical Depression Eta (Update)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 7, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  Additional rainfall is forecast in Alta Verapaz, Peten and Izabal through Sunday, November 8, with increased risk of landslides, mudslides, flooding across multiple departments and lahares on Fuego and Santiaguito volcanoes. ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 6, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  Tropical Depression Eta moved out to the Caribbean Sea overnight, but additional heavy rainfall is forecast for Guatemala through the weekend, particularly in eastern and northern regions. A State of Calamity ... Read More»

The United States Announces $120,000 in Humanitarian Assistance and Additional Supplies for Storm Victims

The United States Government will provide $120,000 in emergency humanitarian assistance and additional support to individuals currently living in temporary shelters due to the devastating effects of Tropical Depression Eta. This assistance will be provided to individuals living in the nine departments worst affected by this disaster (El Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – (November 5, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  The President of Guatemala has declared a state of emergency to the departments of Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Chiquimula, Zacapa and Alta Verapaz, due to the floods and landslides caused by Tropical Depression Eta. Guatemala can expect extended, heavy rainfall ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – (November 4, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  ETA WEAKENS BACK TO TROPICAL STORM:  Having strengthened to a category 4 Hurricane yesterday, November 3 as it made landfall in Nicaragua, Eta has weakened to a Tropical Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h).  Eta will continue to move across Nicaragua today, November ... Read More»

Public Designation of Current and Former Members of the Guatemalan Congress Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

Statement by Secretary MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 28, 2020 Public Designation of Current and Former Members of the Guatemalan Congress Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption Today, I am announcing the designation of First Secretary in the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, Felipe Alejos Lorenzana, and former Deputy Delia Bac, due to their involvement ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Updated Information on October 26 Demonstrations

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 26, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, demonstrations and roadblocks are taking place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al Soldado”. ... Read More»

U.S. Welcomes Guatemala’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

October 24, 2020 We commend Guatemala for designating Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety and demonstrating resolve in countering this dangerous terrorist group.  This important step will help cut off Hizballah’s ability to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere. With this designation, Guatemala joins ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: October 26 Demonstrations and Roadblocks Cancelled

Demonstration Alert: October 26 Demonstrations and Roadblocks Cancelled Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that the demonstrations and roadblocks scheduled to take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26 have been cancelled. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/ Tel. (502) 2326-4000 Amcitsguatemala@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP ) to receive security updates ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al Soldado”.  The participants intend to block roads from 6:00 ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: It’s Not Too Late To Vote. Send Your Ballot NOW.

If you missed the October 15 U.S. Embassy ballot shipment deadline, it’s still not too late to return your ballot to your Local Election Office. Review your state’s voting procedures at  https://www.fvap.gov/  to learn if you can return your absentee ballot or  Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot  by email or fax. Multiple international courier services in Guatemala have also announced discounted shipping rates for American Citizens mailing ... Read More»

Ambassador William W. Popp presented his credential letters

Press Release October 19, 2020 Today, Ambassador William W. Popp presented his diplomatic credentials to President Alejandro Giammattei at the National Palace of Culture, finalizing his official accreditation as the chief representative of the United States in Guatemala. In his first message to the Guatemalan people , Ambassador Popp highlighted the commitment of the United States with Guatemala to continue promoting mutual goals: “Guatemala is a key partner for the United States. ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, October 12

The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, October 12, to commemorate Columbus Day. The Embassy will re-open on Tuesday, October 13, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See  here  for information on American Citizen Services. See  here  for information on Non-Immigrant Visas. See  here  for information on ... Read More»

Security Alert: State of Prevention – Departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 2, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has declared a State of Prevention through October 16, 2020 in the departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula, due to the presence in those ... Read More»

Health Alert – Update on end of State of Calamity, revised COVID-19 testing requirements for entry

Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 30, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the State of Calamity will come to an end at midnight, September 30th. The nationwide curfew in place from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. will end, though the sale of alcohol will remain prohibited between 9:00 p.m. ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 28, 2020) Location: Guatemala Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Guatemala  due to COVID-19. Guatemala has lifted ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Plan Trifinio

Press Release September 29, 2020 On September 29, U.S. Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga joined Guatemalan Vice President Guillermo Castillo Reyes, Director of La Ruta Victor Asturias, Sandy Recinos of Secretaría Contra la Violencia Sexual, Explotación y Trata de Personas (SVET), and other Guatemalan government officials in Esquipulas to announce the U.S. government’s support for the ... Read More»

The United States Provides Ventilators to Guatemala to Respond to COVID-19

Press Release September 25, 2020 Guatemala City – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 50 new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Guatemala to assist its fight against COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of these critically needed supplies, and supports Guatemala’s urgent response to the pandemic. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: How to vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

U.S. citizens in Guatemala who intend to vote by absentee ballot in the November 3 general election should mail in their ballots by October 2.   However, if you don’t receive your regular absentee ballot in time to send it back by the deadline, you can still vote with the Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB).   Using the FWAB is easy. Just follow these steps: If you ... Read More»

RFQ 19GT5020Q0111 – IT Equipment

The U.S. Embassy of Guatemala is requesting quotations for: Invitation Letter (PDF 183 KB) SF18 RFQ Cover Page (PDF 590 KB) RFQ 19GT5020Q0111 – IT Equipment (PDF 52 KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to: GuatemalaBids@state.gov    Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due October 16, 2020 by COB (17:00 HOURS). For more information, contact: Claudia Howell +502 2326-4593 and +502 4497-0724 ... Read More»

Health Alert – Update on Airport Reopening and Entry Requirements

Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has re-opened its borders, and La Aurora International Airport has re-opened to both arriving and departing commercial passenger flights.  All persons arriving by air in Guatemala must present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival.  Note that ... Read More»

The United States and Guatemala Sign Agreement to Improve H-2 Visa Program Operation

Press Release September 17, 2020 The U.S. Government, through efforts of U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, today signed an updated bilateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2 nonimmigrant visa programs for temporary workers from Guatemala. According to Ambassador Luis Arreaga, “Today ... Read More»

Guatemala Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE September 15, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I offer my congratulations to the people of Guatemala as your country celebrates 199 years of independence. The United States looks forward to a continued, strong partnership with Guatemala to address our shared ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Information Health Alert – September 4, 2020 Last updated:  09/10/2020 Country-Specific Information: International travel to Guatemala remains closed to most individuals until September 18, but internal travel is largely unrestricted.  Markets, supermarkets, stores and restaurants may operate with social distancing measures in place, and religious services of no more than an hour are permitted.  Sports and entertainment facilities remain closed. ... Read More»

Election of Mauricio Claver-Carone as President of the Inter-American Development Bank

09/12/2020 02:11 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Mauricio Claver-Carone on his election as President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In his role at the National Security Council, Mr. Claver-Carone has been a visionary leader in advancing prosperity in the Western Hemisphere and a ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Health Alert

September 4, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has extended until October 5 the State of Calamity due to COVID-19.  Additionally, the government has announced that La Aurora International Airport will re-open to commercial passenger flights September 18, with health protocols in effect for ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 7

September 4, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, September 7, to commemorate Labor Day. The Embassy will re-open on Tuesday, September 8, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See  here  for information on American Citizen Services. See  here  for information on Non-Immigrant Visas. See  here ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

September 2, 2020 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  TROPICAL STORM NANA FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN: Tropical Storm Nana is expected to reach the coast of Honduras on September 2 and could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane tonight (Wednesday) prior to reaching Belize and Guatemala on September 3. The primary concern for Guatemala is extended, heavy rainfall, which increases ... Read More»

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from Guatemala!

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the ... Read More»

The United States Commits to Supporting Guatemalan Government’s ‘La Ruta’ Initiative

September 1, 2020 On September 1, 2020, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis E. Arreaga, joined Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Director of La Ruta Victor Asturias, and representatives of the Guatemalan and United States governments, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, to formally announce the U.S. government’s support of the Guatemala-led La Ruta:  Reunion entre ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Government of Guatemala Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at ... Read More»

The United States donates $ 2.7 million to women’s businesses

The United States Provides $2.7 Million to Support Women-Owned Enterprises in Guatemala REF# 2020 – 23 August 17, 2020 As part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the U.S. Government is providing $2.7 million in economic assistance to support women-owned small and medium-sized businesses in Guatemala. These funds will scale up existing efforts by the ... Read More»

Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Media Note August 14, 2020 The text of the following declaration was released by several members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others. Begin text: We, a group of concerned countries including members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Government of Guatemala Continues Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 10, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at ... Read More»

Valladares Urruela has been accused in the Federal Court of Miami

United States Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan Southern District of Florida August 5, 2020 Former Guatemalan Official Who Used Drug Trafficking Proceeds and Other Dirty Cash to Bribe Corrupt Politicians Charged in Miami Federal Court Miami, Fl. — South Florida federal prosecutors have charged a former Economics Minister of Guatemala, Asisclo Valladares Urruela, 44, with helping to ... Read More»

On China’s Predatory Fishing Practices in the Galápagos

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE August 2, 2020 The People’s Republic of China subsidizes the world’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely violates the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states, fishes without permission, and overfishes licensing agreements. Given this unfortunate record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, rule-breaking, and willful environmental degradation, it is more important than ever that the international community ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

August 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala reminds U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government implemented a nation-wide tiered system of health alerts July 27, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all ... Read More»

The United States Advances Democratic Values Under the Lima Commitment

BUREAU OF WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS July 29, 2020 The United States is a steadfast partner for the countries and institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean in their efforts to combat corruption and realize the promise of the Lima Commitment from the Eighth Summit of the Americas hosted by Peru in 2018.       Strengthening Democratic Governance against Corruption Transparency is one of the remedies to corruption’s corrosive effect on the foundations of a stable, prosperous, ... Read More»

Guatemalan Government Shortens Curfew and Launches Tiered COVID-19 Health Alert System

Location: Guatemala Event: On July 27, the Guatemalan government fully implemented its tiered system of health alerts, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements ... Read More»

Trump Administration Partners with Central American Leaders to Address Health, Safety and Border Security Issues

July 24, 2020 Ministerial Continues Cooperation with Southern Neighbors WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security convened a virtual version of the XIII edition of the Meeting of Ministers and Secretaries of Security of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America otherwise ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The Guatemalan government has declared a state of siege in the municipalities of El Estor, Morales, and Livingston in the department of Izabal, and the municipalities of Panzos and Santa Catarina La Tinta in Alta Verapaz due to the presence of organized criminal groups engaged in narcotrafficking, human trafficking, transportation ... Read More»

Attorney General William P. Barr Joins President Donald J. Trump to Announce Significant Cases Stemming from Joint Task Force Vulcan

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020 WWW.JUSTICE.GOV The Operation is a coordinated effort to dismantle and destroy MS-13 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr announced significant cases related to Joint Task Force Vulcan (JTFV), an initiative launched in August 2019 aimed at disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately, destroying MS-13.  President Trump ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: On Sunday, July 12, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: New health alert system: Guatemala will launch a tiered system of health alerts on July 27, providing updated information on levels of health risk in the country based on ... Read More»

Reduction of Non-Immigrant Visa Services

REF# 2020 – 22 July 14, 202 As of Thursday, July 16, the United States Embassy in Guatemala is cancelling routine non-immigrant visa appointments. From July 16, the U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications for Renewal by Mail for B1/B2 visa applicants. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable ... Read More»

The United States Assumption of the Summit of the Americas Chair

U.S. Department of State Media Note Office of the Spokesperson July 10, 2020 On July 10, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak accepted the chair of the Ninth Summit of the Americas on behalf of the United States. The United States will host the Summit in 2021. Acting Assistant ... Read More»

Reminder to U.S. Citizens Regarding COVID-19 Guidance

July 9, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala continues to facilitate repatriation flights to the United States during the period in which international air travel is suspended due to COVID-19.  At present, United Airlines has flights scheduled through July to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Steps to vote Overseas in the 2020 U.S. Elections

July 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Friday, July 3

REF# 2020 – 21 July 2, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Friday, July 3 in honor of the United States Independence Day. The Embassy will re-open on Monday, July 6, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See  here  for information on American Citizen Services. See  here  for ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

July 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:    On Sunday, June 28, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, for the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez, and Quetzaltenango.  Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility:  All personal vehicles with license plates that end in an odd number (for example P001AAA) can ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

June 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 30, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:00 a.m., then progress to the Congress of Guatemala.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by ... Read More»

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary Department of Homeland Security and Mark A. Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. CBP

Telephonic Press Briefing with Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Acting Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Mark A. Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection   June 29, 2020 Moderator:  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE June 24, 2020 Recently, I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to provide $252 million in additional U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This assistance will promote U.S. national security and further the President’s goal of decreasing illegal immigration to the United States. These additional funds will assist in making these ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 23, 2020)

Location: Pacific Coast Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that there is a possibility of a Tsunami in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. INVISUMEH also informs that they will be posting updated information as available. You may access the full report here:   INVISUMEH’s website Actions to ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens: Suspension of routine Consular Services at Embassy starting June 22

June 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  As a COVID-19-related health and safety measure, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City will suspend all routine consular services for U.S. citizens, beginning on Monday, June 22, and continuing until further notice. While this suspension is in effect, the Embassy will provide passport services on an emergency basis only. U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on June 18

June 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 18, beginning at El Obelisco at 10:00 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections

June 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may receive your ballot ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

June 15, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  On Sunday, June 14, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced new travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, for the departments of Guatemala, El Progreso, Sacatepequez and San Marcos. Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility: All personal vehicles with the ... Read More»

Message from Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga on the killing of Tata Domingo Choc

REF# 2020 – 19 June 12, 2020 The killing of Tata Domingo Choc Chen, a renowned expert on Maya Q’eqchi’ medicine, is a tragic reminder of the pervasive violence that continues to impact Indigenous Peoples across Guatemala.  We echo President Giammattei’s call for the Public Ministry to bring those responsible to justice, and understand that Guatemalan authorities have arrested ... Read More»

The United States Provides an Additional $15 Million to Combat COVID-19 and Food Insecurity

REF# 2020 – 18 June 11, 2020 The U.S. Government is providing an additional $15 million in foreign assistance for Guatemala to slow the spread of COVID-19 and address rising food insecurity. The Department of State announced that Guatemala will receive $6 million in International Disaster Assistance funds to rapidly address critical gaps in water, sanitation, and hygiene ... Read More»

Additional United Airlines Flights from Guatemala to the United States Announced

June 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform all U.S. citizens that in addition to its ongoing flights to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), United Airlines has opened additional June U.S.-bound flights with destinations of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).  The current ... Read More»

Public Designation of Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 8, 2020 Today, I am announcing the public designation of former Guatemalan Presidential Chief of Staff Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity as the Chief of Staff to former President of the Republic of Guatemala Álvaro Colom, Alejos was involved in corrupt acts that undermined rule of ... Read More»

DFC Approves $1 Billion of Investments in Global Development

June 4, 2020 Projects support developing countries reeling from COVID-19 and include first transactions using equity and technical assistance   WASHINGTON – The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved $1 billion of investments that will advance development in Africa, Latin America, the Indo-Pacific, and emerging markets across the globe. The investments ... Read More»

DFC Approves a $200 Million Investment for Guatemala

REF# 2020 – 17 June 4, 2020 U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Approves $200 million Investment in Guatemala as part of $1 Billion of Investments in Global Development Investment supports Guatemala as it recovers from COVID-19 The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved a loan of up to $200 million ... Read More»

Health Alert: Increased Reports of Suspicious Activity Associated with Delivery Drivers

June 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala has received reports of suspicious behavior associated with food deliveries in Guatemala City.  With the increased movement restrictions and reduced operating hours of many businesses in Guatemala, people are increasingly taking advantage of the varied food delivery services in the capital.  The Embassy advises ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offers flights to the United States in June

June 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala reminds all U.S. citizens that United Airlines has made flights available throughout June to assist passengers seeking travel to the United States.  These flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: June 1-4; June 8-11; June ... Read More»

Message For U.S. Citizens: Tropical Depression Approaching the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

May 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that a level 2-E tropical depression is approaching the Pacific coast of Guatemala at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression may reach the coast and interior of Guatemala over ... Read More»

Update for American Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on May 28

May 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on May 28, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:30 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized by the group Sociedad en Accion as a protest ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates to United Airlines Flights and Clarification on Travel Letters

May 23, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has amended its schedule of available flights from Guatemala City to Houston, Texas for the month of June. According to the amended schedule, flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (May 23, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has amended its schedule of available flights from Guatemala City to Houston, Texas for the month of June. According to the amended schedule, flights will be available to depart at 12:00 ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens regarding COVID-19 ongoing Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, May 17th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to ongoing restrictions to movement and activities implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please see below for the most current guidance: Requirement to Remain in Residence from May 22nd Evening to May 25th Morning The President ... Read More»

Statement Regarding Photograph Used in Embassy Messaging Campaign

May 16, 2020 Recently, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala unintentionally published an image of a Guatemalan child who sadly was deceased, as part of a social media campaign to educate about the very real dangers of illegal immigration to the United States involving unaccompanied minors, particularly the risks posed by COVID-19.  We regret any pain ... Read More»

Update For U.S. Citizens: Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   On Thursday, May 14th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the imposition of new restrictions to movement and activities, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  These restrictions include the following: Closure of Country Until Monday, May 18 The President announced the complete closure of Guatemala, effective immediately and lasting through ... Read More»

North American Cooperation on COVID-19

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective recovery.  In addition ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens about internal travel restrictions announced by the government of Guatemala

May 12, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   On Sunday, May 10th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei reinstated a travel ban between all departments in Guatemala, applicable to all travelers except those transporting cargo.  This restriction expands from the ban that had previously been in place, which restricted travel only for the specific departments of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and El ... Read More»

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on the Rescheduling of MPP Hearings

Release Date: May 10, 2020  The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security continue to take necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting in-person interaction. To this end, the Departments have made the following adjustments to the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings.  Beginning May 10th, in-person document service will be ... Read More»

Travel alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offering flights on May 3rd, 5th and 8th

May 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened multiple flights from Guatemala City to the United States throughout the month of May, including the following flights through Friday, May 8: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on May 1

REF# 2020 – 13 April 30, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Friday, May 1, to commemorate Labor Day. The Embassy will re-open on Monday, May 4, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See here for information on American Citizen Services. See here for information ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flight on May 3rd.

April 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened a flight from Guatemala City to the United States on the following date: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 27, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 26th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced that all restrictions to movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus will remain in effect through May 3, 2020.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.  This includes the following restrictions: Curfew: ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 29th and May 1st.

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3026) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Friday, May 1 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3027) from ... Read More»

The United States Provides Assistance to Guatemala to Respond to COVID-19

April 20, 2020 Guatemala City – The United States Government has committed $2.4 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Guatemala. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will work in close collaboration with the Government of Guatemala, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes on COVID-19 Restrictions by Government of Guatemala

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, April 19th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced changes to two restrictions on movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  Unless further extended by the Guatemalan government, these restrictions will remain in place until April 27.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Resumes H-2 Visa Processing and Launches The New Interview Waiver Process for Seasonal Workers

Press Release April 18, 2020 GUATEMALA CITY – The United States Embassy in Guatemala City is pleased to announce that regular processing of H-2 visa applications for seasonal agricultural and non-agricultural employment in the United States will resume on April 18th, 2020.  Additionally, as a special provision to comply with necessary health requirements during the ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 24th and 25th

April 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Friday, April 24 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3021) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX.  Saturday April 25 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3022) from ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson April 16, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Guatemala City for United Airlines Flights

April 16, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The government of Guatemala has agreed to provide permission for inter-departmental travel to American citizens and legal permanent residents traveling to Guatemala City for the specific purpose of flying to the United States from La Aurora International Airport.  Each traveler will need to obtain, and carry on their person while ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

April 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Friday, April 17 – 12:00 p.m. departure (Flight 3041) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Saturday April 18 – 12:00 p.m. departure (Flight ... Read More»

United States Continues U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE April 13, 2020   Today I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to continue additional targeted U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This important step will continue to implement the President’s policy goals of decreasing illegal immigration to the United States; implementing the Asylum Cooperative ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 13, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 12th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 9, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:   On April 8 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the requirement that all individuals wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This regulation will come into effect on Monday, April 13, and, according to President Giammattei, will likely remain in place ... Read More»

Repatriation of Remains to the United States during COVID-19

April 8, 2020 CDC requirements for importing human remains depend upon if the body has been embalmed, cremated, or if the person died from a  quarantinable communicable disease . At this time, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States and the remains must meet the standards for importation found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Embassy Consular Services

April 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.   For U.S. citizens in the United States, we ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala Regarding Visa Status

April 6, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) announced on April 6, 2020 that non-Guatemalans who entered Guatemala legally using a tourist visa, but who are unable to depart due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Guatemalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens on travel restrictions and curfew

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 4, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: Today (Saturday, April 4th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that all travel between departments in Guatemala will be prohibited from tomorrow, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 p.m. The sale, purchase, and public consumption of alcoholic ... Read More»

United States Helps Guatemala During COVID-19

April 3, 2020 Guatemala City The Department of State has announced that it will provide funding to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to supply Guatemala, along with dozens of other countries, with equipment to help combat COVID-19. Guatemala will receive COVID-19 testing kits capable of processing at least 2,000 samples, as well as personal ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Services Offered by the American Citizen Services Section

April 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   We wish to update U.S. citizens on the status of services offered by the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy, in light of recent events in Guatemala: Emergency Assistance: Embassy services available as needed. Please contact AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov and/or call +502 2326-4000. Passport and Citizenship Services: The Embassy ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

April 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy would like to emphasize Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent message to U.S. citizens currently outside the United States: “We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate.  We can’t guarantee the U.S. Government’s ability to ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

March 31, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The last scheduled State Department charter flights from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) departed this morning.  In the past nine days, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has offered twelve charters and helped nearly 1,900 American citizens and legal permanent residents return home. At this time, we do not expect additional ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the March 30 State Department charters did not show up for their flights.  As a result, the U.S. Embassy was able to accommodate many passengers as “stand by” additions to the manifests and we were able to fill both flights before departure. The last two State Department-coordinated flights departing ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens regarding Extension of Curfew – (March 29, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:   Today (Sunday, March 29th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that Guatemala will extend its nationwide curfew and the closing of its national borders until Sunday, April 12th.  U.S. citizens in Guatemala are reminded of the following: Curfew (Toque de queda) The curfew lasts ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the two March 28 State Department charters did not show up for their flights and did not contact the U.S. Embassy to cancel their request for travel assistance.  This resulted in the second charter flight having to depart with space still ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding State Department Charter Flights to the United States

March 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy has now individually notified all confirmed travelers for the State Department charter flights departing from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport on Saturday, March 28th and Monday, March 30th.  These flights are now fully booked. There are two additional State Department charter flights scheduled for ... Read More»

Please See this Link for an Update on Guatemala’s State of Calamity Declaration, Border Closings, the Nationwide Curfew, and Blockades

March 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   Recently the Guatemalan government has taken expanded measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of all persons in Guatemala, including U.S. citizens. This message explains the differences between three of the official measures the Guatemalan government has taken, and how these measures impact U.S. citizens currently in Guatemala: ... Read More»

Further Instructions for Traveling on State Department Charter Flights to the United States

March 26, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to travel on U.S. government-coordinated charter flights from Guatemala City to the United States are reminded of the following requirement for registration and travel on State Department charter flights: When contacting the U.S. Embassy to submit traveler information, we request that each ... Read More»

Additional State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens Start on Saturday, March 28

March 26, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated six (6) additional charter flights — operated by American Airlines — from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport in the United States. The first two of these flights will commence on Saturday, March 28th. Two more flights ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Flights from Guatemala City

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is coordinating with commercial carriers to facilitate additional commercial flights from Guatemala City to the United States (see participating airlines below). We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to travel to the United States to contact these airlines directly and immediately to ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Charter Flights

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   All U.S. government-coordinated charter flights from Guatemala City to the United States are now fully booked and the U.S. Embassy is in the process of contacting confirmed passengers for Wednesday’s flights.  We are aware there are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who still wish to depart Guatemala and ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens on STEP Program

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   As a reminder for U.S. citizens registered in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), your registration expires automatically based on the dates entered and you will not receive updates after that date. Update your account to show that you are still in Guatemala. Follow these instructions to keep receiving messages ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Returning to the U.S.

March 23, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala continues to coordinate charter flights through American Airlines from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the United States. We do not know when regular commercial flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to continue to check ... Read More»

FAQs regarding Charter Flights Organized by the U.S. Department of State for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

Is the U.S. Embassy organizing charter flights for U.S. citizens? The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated charter flights – the first two flights departing Monday, March 23 – from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.  Additional flights are scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, two each ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Travel to Guatemala City/Curfew

March 22, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   For U.S. citizens who are currently outside Guatemala City and would like to be included in charter flights organized by the Embassy: Since flights may occur on short notice, we urge travelers to begin preparations to move towards the capital, and be ready to arrive to La Aurora Airport ... Read More»

State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens start on Monday

March 22, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated charter flights – the first two flights departing Monday – from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the United States. We do not know when civilian flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to ... Read More»

Guatemala Begins Curfew Starting March 22

March 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: On March 21, President Giammattei announced that, effective Sunday, March 22, a nationwide curfew will take effect. The curfew is from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and is scheduled to be in effect until March 29. Everyone in Guatemala, including foreigners, is expected to remain in their homes during ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Guatemala

Guatemala March 20, 2020 Location:  Guatemala Event:  The U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to assist U.S. citizens in Guatemala who wish to return to the United States.  This includes possible charter aircraft if commercial flights between the United States and Guatemala have not resumed.  In preparation for possible flights, U.S. citizens and legal permanent ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens Exiting Guatemala by Land

March 20, 2020 Exit Via Land from Guatemala   The Guatemalan government is currently allowing foreign travelers to exit via land border crossing into Mexico, and Mexico is currently allowing them to enter. Some private tour operators are operating buses to these border crossings. Some foreign embassies have also arranged bus transport for their citizens ... Read More»

Information Update for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 19 The State Department recently issued a global travel advisory recommending that American Citizens abroad return to the United States.  We are aware that Guatemala’s airport closure has made it difficult for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States and are exploring all possible options to assist American Citizens who wish to ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 18, 2020 Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala   The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are aware the governments of several countries have announced suspension of air travel, including Guatemala. We are considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in these countries. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 16, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On March 16, Guatemalan President Giammattei announced four (4) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six. President Giammattei also announced the closure of Guatemalan borders for a period of 15 days beginning after the arrival of the last flight shortly prior to 11:59 pm on ... Read More»

Changes in Visa Services due to COVID-19

For non-immigrant visa applicants (updated October 21, 2020): Update on H-2B Visas Beginning on August 19, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will begin processing H-2B visa applications through its H-2 Interview Waiver mechanism, pursuant to Section 222(h)(1)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.   Until complete resumption of routine visa services, applicants who appear to ... Read More»

Travel and Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 15, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Based on current Guatemala travel restrictions, it appears that almost all direct flight service to the United States will cease at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Travelers should check with individual air carriers to confirm flight options beyond that date and those with existing itineraries should reconfirm their departure details. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 14, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  President Giammattei announced on March 13 the first case of COVID-19 to be diagnosed in Guatemala; a Guatemalan who had visited Northern Italy.  He also announced new restrictions for people traveling from the United States and Canada.  After midnight Monday, March 16, people who spent time in the U.S. or Canada will not be ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 5, 2020) Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold ... Read More»

United States Partners with Guatemala to Support Commercial Aviation Safety

REF# 2020-7 March 4, 2020 Today, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Luis Arreaga, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei,  Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) Executive Director Juan Carlos Trabanino, and United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director for the Western Hemisphere Nicholas Reyes signed an agreement facilitating FAA technical assistance to COCESNA’s member countries, including ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The President of Guatemala announced today, February 25, 2020, an increased level of precautionary measures regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Guatemala is responding to additional countries beyond China reporting person-to-person transmission. This state of “maximum alert” intensifies preventive actions ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Health Alert – September 30, 2020 Last updated:  10/5/2020 Country-Specific Information: All passengers age 10 and over arriving in Guatemala by air and land are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival, and comply with health screening requirements.  All businesses, entertainment facilities, places of worship, and public spaces may operate, ... Read More»

State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 14, 2020) Location:  Six Municipalities in the Department of Escuintla Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of Escuintla, Nueva Concepción, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Tiquisate, Puerto San José and Palín, all ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Government of Guatemala and the Government of the U.S.

Press Release February 8, 2020 High-level representatives from the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Guatemala met this week in Guatemala City to discuss shared regional challenges, including migration and joint efforts to enhance economic development.  The meetings were chaired by Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Ambassador Pedro Brolo Vila, and included representation by ... Read More»

State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 5, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Chimaltenango, Department of Chimaltenango  Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Chimaltenango.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation in Chimaltenango ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak Travel to Mexico and Guatemala

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson February 3, 2020 Media Note   Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak will travel to Mexico and Guatemala from February 4 through 8 to promote regional prosperity, security, and democratic governance. On February 4, Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak will travel to ... Read More»

Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abusers in Guatemala

U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE Press Realese Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokeswoman On January 29, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed Francisco Cuxum Alvarado to his home country of Guatemala, where he faces charges related to human rights abuses committed during Guatemala’s civil war.  As a member of the Civil Patrol, Mr. Cuxum Alvarado is accused ... Read More»

Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 24-28, 2020) Location:    INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zona 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from February 24 to 28, 2020 to ... Read More»

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Special Briefing via Telephone

U.S. Department of State SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE Ken Cuccinelli Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security January 27, 2020 Moderator:  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida.  I’d like to welcome our participants dialed in from the United States and across the ... Read More»

State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 24, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Villa Nueva, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Villa Nueva.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 23, 2020)  Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold ... Read More»

2020 U.S. Elections

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Actions to take:  Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so ... Read More»

Statement from Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on Migrant Caravan

Homeland Security January 22, 2020 (WASHINGTON) Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement regarding the migrant caravan at the Guatemala-Mexico border. “I commend the Government of Mexico for upholding their commitment to increased security and law enforcement at their southern border. The efforts by the Mexican National Guard ... Read More»

Security Alert – State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 17, 2020) Location:  Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco.  The State of Prevention is ... Read More»

United States Embassy Revokes Visas of Former Government Officials

REF# 2020-3 January 16, 2020 The United States Embassy in Guatemala has revoked more than two dozen visas of Guatemalan citizens since the beginning of 2020, in addition to approximately 250 revoked in 2019 due to visa ineligibilities, including those related to criminal activity. Individuals affected by these revocations include former government officials and others. ... Read More»

DFC Aims to Catalyze $1 Billion in Private Sector Investment for Development in Guatemala

January 15, 2020 Contact: press@dfc.gov +1 (2020) 312-2188 Signs MOU with the Government of Guatemala aiming to advance shared development goals and address regional security concerns GUATEMALA CITY – Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), today joined Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aiming to ... Read More»

Secretary of Commerce Leads U.S. Delegation to Guatemala

REF# 2020-01                                                                                                                                               January 14, 2019 United States Welcomes Giammattei Administration with Commitment to Work Together to Catalyze Up to One Billion Dollars to Invest in Economic Development From January 13th to the 14th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross led a Presidential delegation to attend Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei’s inauguration and congratulate the ... Read More»

Demonstrations Alert

Demonstrations Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 13, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: President Giammattei Inauguration The Guatemalan Presidential Inauguration will occur on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with formal events scheduled throughout the day.  Due to the anticipated large crowds, traffic, and potential for protests, the Embassy has cautioned personnel and family members to ... Read More»

Heightened Middle East Tensions

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 8, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.  Embassy operations are ... Read More»

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend Inauguration of Alejandro Giammattei

White House President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Guatemala to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Alejandro Giammattei Falla Foreign Policy January 8, 2020 President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Guatemala to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and INGUAT collaborate to create economic opportunities for Guatemalan youth in tourism

REF# 2020-01 January 6, 2020 Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and INGUAT Director Jorge Mario Chajón signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the capacity of Guatemalan youth in the tourism sector. The MOU formalizes the partnership between the U.S.-Embassy-funded English Access Micro-scholarship Program and INGUAT.  The agreement will result in training and opportunities for ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson January 5, 2020 The United States Congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on His Re-Election as President of the National Assembly On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Juan Guaido on his re-election as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and condemn the failed efforts of the ... Read More»

Statement by the Department of Defense

January 2, 2020 At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq ... Read More»

Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 26, 2019) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) implemented an annual payment of $40 for Guatemalan residency holders in February 2019.  The deadline for this payment is December 31st, 2019 and must be processed at the ... Read More»

U.S. Marines in Guatemala City distribute toys to local children’s homes

On December 20, 2019, U.S. Marines delivered over 200 toys to local children’s homes in Guatemala City, bringing holiday cheer to children in need. This is the fifth consecutive year that U.S. Marines, in collaboration with the United States Foreign Commercial Service, have collected toys through the Toys for Tots program.  Staff at the U.S. ... Read More»

Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and his Drug Trafficking Organization 

 STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON December 19, 2019  Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and his Drug Trafficking Organization  The United States is committed to preventing and combating narcotics trafficking globally.  Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Guatemalan mayor Erik Salvador Suñiga Rodriguez, known as “El Pocho,” and the Suñiga ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Guatemalan Mayor and His Drug Trafficking Organization

December 19, 2019 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Guatemalan mayor Erik Salvador Suñiga Rodriguez, known as “El Pocho,” and the Suñiga Rodriguez drug trafficking organization (Suñiga Rodriguez DTO or “Los Pochos DTO”) as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Morales Before Bilateral Meeting

December 17, 2019 Remarks by President Trump and President Morales of the Republic of Guatemala Before Bilateral Meeting Oval Office PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have President Jimmy Morales and Mrs. Morales — MRS. MORALES:  Thank you. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  — of Guatemala with us.  We’ve had a tremendous ... Read More»

President Morales Visits President Trump

Office of the Press Secretary December 16, 2019 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Visit of His Excellency Jimmy Morales, President of the Republic of Guatemala President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome President Jimmy Morales and Mrs. Hilda Patricia Marroquín Argueta de Morales of the Republic of Guatemala to the ... Read More»

Joint Efforts on Border Security and Regional Partnerships Across Central America

FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH KEN CUCCINELLI, SENIOR OFFICIAL PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; CAROL THOMPSON O’CONNELL, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE BUREAU OF POPULATION, REFUGEES, AND MIGRATION; AND HUGO RODRIGUEZ, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS TOPIC: JOINT EFFORTS ON BORDER SECURITY ... Read More»

Official Launch of the Growth in the Americas Initiative

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 11, 2019 The U.S. government will officially launch the expanded Growth in the Americas (América Crece) initiative on December 17 in Washington, D.C.  Growth in the Americas is a whole-of-government initiative that will foster private sector infrastructure investment in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Expanded bilateral cooperation between the United States and countries in the region will ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 10, 2019 In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to identify common rights and freedoms for all people in all nations. An American, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, chaired the UN Human Rights Commission that drafted ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 9, 2019 Today, on International Anticorruption Day, we reaffirm our commitment to prevent and combat corruption globally.  Corruption obstructs economic growth and development, facilitates transnational crime, and fuels terrorism, robbing citizens around the world of their basic rights.  Corruption ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City and throughout Guatemala Event:  Saturday, December 7, 2019, is the annual “Quema del Diablo.”  This traditional event, which marks the beginning of the Christmas Season, is celebrated with the burning of papier mâche figures and fireworks.  The “Quema” begins at 6:00 pm all around the country, in the streets, and will affect traffic ... Read More»

A specter is haunting the Western Hemisphere – The specter of democracy

By Michael Kozak Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State Sometimes-violent protests have recently filled the streets of cities across the Americas.  Some critics once again seek to cast the United States as a convenient foil, using an outdated Cold War-era ideological framework.  The United States may not always agree on policy or ... Read More»

Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of former Guatemalan Minister Alejandro Sinibaldi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 3, 2019 The Department of State designates former Guatemalan Minister of Communications, Infrastructure, and Housing Alejandro Sinibaldi due to his involvement in significant corruption. Mr. Sinibaldi engaged in and benefitted from public corruption in relation to his official duties and ... Read More»

Remarks Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – National Teachers Conference

Monday, 11/05/2019 Hotel Barceló, z9, Guatemala City Excelentísimo Ministro de Educación Dr. Oscar López; Presidente de la Junta Directiva de IGA Ingeniero Carlos Salazar; Directora General de IGA Ana Silvia Ramirez; Honored guests; Good Morning. It is an honor to join so many educators who are shaping the young minds that will determine the future ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting – San Marcos

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 26, 2019) Location: San Marcos Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in San Marcos on December 10 and 11, 2019.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On December 10, we will ... Read More»

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 25, 2019 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 15, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  On Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 4:00 pm, festivities will begin for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held in the center of the Obelisco.  This event will affect traffic on roads leading to and from the Obelisco throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  The actual tree lighting will occur at ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comité de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) and Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CNOC) are calling for demonstrations on November 14, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  There is an announced march that will start at the Obelisco in Zone 10 and move toward the U.S. Embassy.  Demonstrators are expected to congregate ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location:  Izabal, San Marcos and Huehuetenango Event:  The Government of Guatemala officially lifted the State of Siege in the Department of Izabal and additional municipalities in various departments, on November 7, 2019.  Embassy personnel may resume personal and official travel throughout Guatemala. Travel restrictions for Embassy personnel to the Departments of Huehuetenango and San Marcos ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 11, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event: Tsunami warnings CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) the National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness issued the following information, via social media: In reference to the tsunami warnings that have been shared through social media, INSIVUMEH and The Pacific Tsunami Warnings Center, CONRED informs that there is no tsunami alert issued.  ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 11, 2019)  Location: Guatemala   Event: Tsunami Warnings  CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) the National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness issued the following information, via social media: In reference to the tsunami warnings that have been shared through social media, INSIVUMEH and The Pacific Tsunami ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales

Office of the Press Secretary November 11, 2019 Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.  After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the ... Read More»

Students in San Marcos Get New Schools due to U.S.-Guatemalan Disaster Response Exercise

REF# 2019-26 November 07, 2019 This week the United States Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force -Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), a rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command, completed a five-month joint emergency response exercise.  Over 20 U.S. Marines and Sailors collaborated with the Guatemalan military and civilian authorities to practice how to ... Read More»

The China Challenge

MICHAEL R. POMPEO Secretary of State NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK OCTOBER 30, 2019 MR MURDOCH: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here with you tonight to honor a man of many, many achievements and titles: Captain Pompeo, Editor Pompeo, Chief Executive Pompeo, Representative Pompeo, Director Pompeo, Secretary Pompeo, Senator Pompeo. (Laughter and applause.) President ... Read More»

Model Police Precincts in Petén

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited two model police precincts in Petén, which are a support initiative of the US Government to contribute to citizen security in Guatemala by strengthening the capabilities of the National Civil Police. The work of these police stations is carried out through four pillars that include monitoring centers, combined patrol activities, ... Read More»

Environmental Preservation Projects in Petén

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga spoke with young birdlife specialists (local youth focusing on studying the local birdlife in their natural environment) and the positive impact of their activity on tourism and the conservation of protected areas in Petén. They received training from USAID Guatemala to generate employment using their talent and knowledge of the protected ... Read More»

Forest Concessions in Petén

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales visited the León Wall Association (AMUL) in Petén, specializing in the marketing of ramón nut, as part of their visit to learn about the Forest Concessions. The marketing of ramón nut is an initiative that takes advantage of the forest to generate income for women’s groups ... Read More»

United States Resumes Targeted U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 16, 2019 Today the Department informed Congress of my intent to resume targeted U.S. foreign assistance funding for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Earlier this year, pursuant to my authority over foreign assistance funds and the direction given to me by President Trump, I directed the Department of State and the United States Agency ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hill

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Hill discussed the strong partnership between the United States and El Salvador, including supporting democracy in the Western Hemisphere. The Secretary underscored the importance of ... Read More»

Database launch to facilitate the Immigrant Visa application process

Ambassador Arreaga participated in the launch of a database to facilitate the Immigrant Visa application process (Guatemalan citizens seeking to be residents in the U.S.), developed by the Guatemalan Public Ministry and the Consular Section of the Embassy. This database will help simplify the immigrant visa application process, allowing the Guatemalan applicant to request their ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s Efforts to Combat the Crisis at Our Southern Border Are Delivering Results

The White House Fact Sheets October 8, 2019 “We have taken very unprecedented action to stop the flow of illegal immigration.” President Donald J. Trump STEMMING THE SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to confront this crisis are delivering results. September saw 52,546 aliens apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border, ... Read More»

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga’s Remarks in Regional Training for the Americas-CDC

Good Afternoon I am deeply grateful for the invitation to join this distinguished group of professionals attending the Centers for Disease Control, Center for Global Health, Regional Training for the Americas. It is also my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the great city of Antigua, Guatemala. I understand this Regional training can ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System

The White House Healthcare October 4, 2019 Healthcare providers and taxpayers bear substantial costs in paying for medical expenses incurred by people who lack health insurance or the ability to pay for their healthcare.  Hospitals and other providers often administer care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them.  The costs associated ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 8, 2019)

Location:  20 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced that the State of Siege continues in all of the municipalities listed below.  Municipalities no longer subject to the State of Siege include Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the department of Sololá, and Puerto Barrios and Livingston in the Department of Izabal.  ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 3, 2019)

Location: Izabal (22 municipalities) and Sololá (Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán) Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced the continuation of the State of Siege for the Department of Izabal, the original 22 municipalities, and has now added the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, in Sololá. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel ... Read More»

Association of Young Fellows of the State Department (AJEDE) camp

More than 80 members of the Association of Young Fellows of the State Department (AJEDE) met in the capital city to participate in a series of workshops and project planning sessions on economic development and entrepreneurship. The Association has developed more than 60 projects focused on entrepreneurship, citizenship training, citizenship and teaching of the English ... Read More»

Academy of Women Entrepreneurs AWE Conference

As part of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs AWE program, a conference was held with the 67 women participants from Quetzaltenango, Chiquimula, and Guatemala with the aim of strengthening the learning of the course and creating a support network between participants from different departments. USAID Guatemala’s Acting Director, Anupama Rajaraman, interacted with the participants of ... Read More»

Visit of the commanders of Northcom and Southcom to Guatemala

Craig Faller, U.S. Navy Admiral UU., Commander of the US Southern Command UU. (SOUTHCOM), and Terrence O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Air Force General. UU. and commander of the US Northern Command. UU. (NORTHCOM), Guatemala arrived for a two-day visit in which they met with senior officials of the US embassy and military leaders of Guatemala. The visit ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump During Visit to the Border Wall | San Diego, CA

Otay Mesa Border Wall Site San Diego, California September 18, 2019 3:11 P.M. PDT THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, why don’t you start, Kevin?  And this has been a very exciting project, as you know.  It’s — for many years, people have wanted the proper wall and we have a wall that — the likes of which, ... Read More»

Guatemala’s Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO Guatemala’s Independence Day September 14, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my congratulations to the Guatemalan people as you celebrate your nation’s 198th anniversary of independence. The enduring friendship between the United States and Guatemala ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 12, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Beginning Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th, 2019, expect heavy traffic on all roads throughout Guatemala due to Independence Day celebrations and activities. Celebrations within Guatemala City will begin to impact traffic on Friday, originating from the Obelisco in zone 10.  Participation is expected to number in the tens of thousands.  ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 5, 2019)

Location: Izabal and 22 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 following the deaths of three Guatemalan Marines in Izabal, President Morales announced a State of Siege affecting the Department of Izabal and 22 additional municipalities.  Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel by Embassy personnel to the affected areas effective immediately.  These ... Read More»

SaborUSA presented several leading gastronomic products from the U.S.

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared the culinary experience SaborUSA with hundreds of Guatemalans, who presented various leading American products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. The activity is organized by U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer locally some of the best products in the United ... Read More»

Ambassador participated in the inauguration of VisitUSA Travel and Tourism

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated in the inauguration of “VisitUSA Travel and Tourism,” which is an event aimed at travel agents, companies that promote tourism to the U.S., and representatives of U.S. destinations, focused mainly on the icon cities of Chicago, New York, and Miami. When you travel to the U.S. legally, with a tourist ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 28, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event: Criminal Records Requirement Change for Guatemalan Residency The Guatemalan Immigration office has recently changed their criminal records requirements to apply for Guatemalan residency.  We encourage American Citizens interested in applying for Guatemalan residency to contact the Dirección General de Migración via http://igm.gob.gt/ or at (502) 2411-2411 to obtain updated information regarding the residency ... Read More»

Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE   August 28, 2019 Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit The Department of State announces the opening of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), under the leadership of Charge d’Affaires James Story. The VAU is the interim diplomatic office of ... Read More»

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 3-6, 2019)

Location: Real Intercontinental Hotel (14 Calle 2-51, Zona 10, Guatemala) – Caoba Room Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from September 3 to 6, 2019 to provide services to beneficiaries and answer questions about U.S. Social ... Read More»

U.S. National Security Council’s Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs visits Guatemala

Guatemala City — Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) Mauricio Claver-Carone visited Guatemala for a series of meetings with Guatemalan Government officials, and representatives of the private sector and civil society to discuss the recently signed Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) between the U.S. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT August 15, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei to congratulate him on his victory in the August 11 election. The ... Read More»

Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2019 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today met with a host of Ministers from Guatemala to discuss implementation of the recently signed agreement between the United States and Guatemala to improve H-2A visa program operations. Following the meeting, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: “America’s farmers and ranchers need a ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 14, 2019)

Location:  Guatemala, countrywide  Event: Increase in cases of dengue fever and hemorrhagic fever. This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Guatemala to an increase in reported cases of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) by the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare to our local office of ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Presidential Elections in Guatemala

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson August 12, 2019 The United States congratulates Alejandro Giammattei on his election as the next president of Guatemala.  We commend the people of Guatemala for their participation in a successful, free, fair, and transparent election. The United States shares a deep, historic relationship with Guatemala and looks ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 9, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Guatemala will hold the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, August 11, 2019.  We wish to remind U.S. Citizens to be aware that demonstrations and sporadic acts of violence are possible in the days leading up to, during and after the election. While most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful and ... Read More»

Bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress visited Guatemala

A bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress, headed by the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and made up of 13 congressmen, arrived in Guatemala to meet with various sectors of the country and discuss bilateral cooperation. The delegation met with representatives of civil society, government, international organizations and the private sector. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) is calling for national strikes in the form of road blockages and demonstrations/marches on August 6, 2019, starting in the early morning.  The strikes are expected to impact travel throughout the country, including Guatemala City.  Below is a list of potential road blockage locations.  CODECA leaders ... Read More»

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Guatemala City

Release Date:  July 31, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan arrived in Guatemala City, Guatemala to meet with officials regarding the implementation of a number of initiatives to help stem the flow of irregular migration through Guatemala. During his trip, the Acting Secretary will meet with officials from the ... Read More»

A Bold New Approach to Reduce Irregular Migration

By Luis E. Arreaga, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala The United States and Guatemala have long enjoyed a close relationship centered on our shared pursuit of mutual interests.  For decades, we have supported Guatemala’s return to democracy and helped to strengthen rule of law.  We have collaborated to increase prosperity by working with governments past and ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Labor and Guatemala Sign Joint Memorandum of Agreement to Improve H-2A Visa Program

News Release U.S. Department of Labor | July 30, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today signed a bi-lateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2A nonimmigrant visa program for temporary agricultural workers from Guatemala. Through this agreement, the Guatemalan government will provide additional ... Read More»

International Parental Child Abduction

Guatemala is a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Child Abduction.  To request information on problems related to child custody or an international child custody lawsuit, please contact the following office: Office of Children Affairs Department of State Office of Children’s Issues (CA / OCS / CI) 2201 C Street, N.W. SA-22, Room 2100 Washington, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 26, 2019 Oval Office 3:48 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much for being here.  We appreciate it. I’m thrilled to be with a very important man in Guatemala, the Minister Enrique Degenhart.  And we are doing a very important signing.  ... Read More»

Visit to “Beyond the Horizon” exercise in Huehuetenango

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited Huehuetenango together with the President of the Government of Guatemala, the Commissioner of PRONACOM, and the Minister of Defense, to learn about the progress of the exercise “Beyond The Horizon 2019,” a training between the U.S. Army  and the Guatemalan Army to respond to natural disasters. Members of the U.S. ... Read More»

Joint Statement Between the U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of Public Affairs July 22, 2019 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala continue to make important progress on a comprehensive regional approach to addressing irregular migration patterns. The two countries are currently cooperating on several initiatives to reduce the flow of irregular migration and ensure ... Read More»

Access alumni from Cobán met with Ambassador Arreaga

During his visit to Alta Verapaz, Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga met alumni of the Access English program, who shared their their entrepreneurship projects and their success stories with him. The parents of these young people, who participate in the different English programs supported by the State Department, shared with the Ambassador how the integral training ... Read More»

Ambassador attends Rabín Ajaw’s election

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited Cobán where he attended the election event of Rabín Ajaw, Daughter of the King. During his speech, he recognized the enormous potential of this event to promote an inclusive democracy that respects cultural diversity. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of working with indigenous communities to increase the country’s prosperity. We ... Read More»

Course closing “Women in Engineering”

The “Women in Engineering” course organized by the University of Valle de Guatemala with support from the USA, included the participation of young women between 15 and 17 years of age form educational institutions from Xela, Sololá, Quiché, Coban and municipalities near Guatemala City. The course was taught by Medeline Hickman and Maha Haji from ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jimmy Morales of the Republic of Guatemala

The White House Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Jimmy Morales of the Republic of Guatemala to the White House on July 15, 2019.  President Trump and President Morales will discuss ways to create a more robust relationship focused on addressing migration and security priorities.  The two leaders will ... Read More»

Commemoration of U.S. Independence Day

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga celebrated U.S. Independence Day at a special civic ceremony of the Municipality of Guatemala, together with Mayor Ricardo Quiñonez and 600 students from various educational centers, where he spoke about the long friendship between Guatemala and the U.S., and the democratic values shared by both nations. The Ambassador emphasized the importance ... Read More»

TAC program graduation

15 alumni from the Access and SEAL programs graduated from the TAC program (Teacher Assistant Certification) where they learned about planning frameworks, interaction language, and learning cycle methodology to better their techniques as English teachers in Guatemala. TAC helps alumni get opportunities by teaching English, which allows them to continue their university studies, contribute to ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  READOUT July 2, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Today Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido to commemorate the anniversary of Venezuela’s independence on July 5th and express the United States’ unwavering support for Guaido, the National Assembly, and the ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier at the Plenary Session of the 49th OAS General Assembly

U.S Department of State Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Medellin, Colombia June 27, 2019 Thank you very much. I’d like to thank President Duque, Secretary General Almagro, and your respective teams for organizing this 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We appreciate your strong and tireless leadership.   ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga and members of the international community participate as Electoral Observers

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and members of the diplomatic team of the U.S. Embassy formed 28 teams of observers who went to the voting centers of different departments of Guatemala to support a free and fair electoral exercise and participate in the citizenship of the Guatemalans who arrive at ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 13, 2019)

Location: Guatemala  Event:  Guatemala will hold the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, June 16, 2019.  We wish to remind U.S. Citizens to be aware that demonstrations and sporadic acts of violence are possible in the days leading up to, during and after the election.  While most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful and ... Read More»

U.S. Marine Task Force deploys to Guatemala and Latin America

REF# 2019-14 June 13, 2019 Approximately 30 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), the natural disaster rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command, will arrive in Guatemala on June 14 for a five-month joint training exercise in how to provide humanitarian assistance during a natural ... Read More»

Restoring Fundamental Freedoms in Nicaragua

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON June 12, 2019 The recent release of more than 100 Nicaraguan citizens who were imprisoned for exercising their fundamental freedoms means that these Nicaraguans, who have sacrificed greatly in the struggle for genuine democracy in Nicaragua, will be reunited with their families and ... Read More»

Pairing wine and meat from the United States

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted an activity to raise awareness of the variety and quality of wines and cuts of meat from the United States available in the Guatemalan market . Under the SABOR USA logo, USDA supports agricultural exporters in the United States to ... Read More»

Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives – (July 15-19, 2019)

Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from July 15 to July 19, 2019 to provide services to beneficiaries and answer ... Read More»

Treasury and Commerce Implement Changes to Cuba Sanctions Rules

U.S Department of the Treasury Press Releases June 4, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) unveiled amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further implement the President’s foreign policy on Cuba. These amendments complement changes to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and ... Read More»

United States Restricts Travel & Vessels to Cuba

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson June 4, 2019 Today, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels to the island. Going forward, the United States will prohibit U.S. travelers from ... Read More»

On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end ... Read More»

Statement by the President Donald Trump to celebrate LGBT Pride Month

The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 1, 2019 Statement from the President As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions that LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, ... Read More»

Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2019

The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 31, 2019 During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we acknowledge the significant ways Caribbean Americans have shaped our culture and heritage. Americans with roots in the Caribbean have greatly enriched our society, contributing to the arts, business, journalism, technology, government, religion, the military, sports, and many other ... Read More»

Visit by DHS Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kevin K. McAleenan visited Guatemala to participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with government officials representing the Northern Triangle countries, indigenous leaders, and civil society, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector of the United States and Guatemalan business leaders. The meetings highlighted the main causes driving ... Read More»

Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to Guatemala for Northern Triangle Ministerial

May 28, 2019 WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is in Guatemala this week to participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with government officials representing Northern Triangle countries, local civic and indigenous leaders, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. private sector and Guatemalan business leaders. The meetings will highlight the ... Read More»

YLAI Summit 2019

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI fellows Ana María Vásquez and Víctor Juárez in collaboration with Rafael Landívar University, Meridian, and ProjectWow, organized a conference with business experts from Google, ImpactJunkie, and LaunchBoom to connect Guatemalan entrepreneurs and generate new alliances. In his speech, Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga urged attendees to take advantage ... Read More»

Overseas Security Advisory Council Annual Conference

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Annual Conference of the Overseas Security Advisory Council OSAC to address the region’s security challenges. This conference brings together security experts from this Embassy with AmCham Guatemala members and public / private sector professionals to discuss common challenges in the Northern Triangle and Belize. The ... Read More»

100K Strong Innovation Fund in the Americas Reception

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga offered a reception to celebrate new grants from the 100K Strong Innovation Fund in the Americas. Thanks to Cementos Progreso, university projects will be developed in engineering, natural resources, environment, adaptation to climate change, ecotourism, and others. Alliances such as the Innovation Fund with Guatemalan companies are vital to increase connectivity ... Read More»

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga’s Remarks in the sixth Teacher Training Sessions

6 de abril 2019 Señora Representante de la Junta Directiva de la Facultad de Humanidades, Licenciada Maria Elvira Orozco de García; Jefe de la Sección de Idiomas, Licenciado Francisco Puac; Señores presentadores y docentes del sexto Teacher Training Sessions de la Ciudad de Guatemala, Buenos días. What a great pleasure to be here with so ... Read More»

China’s New Road in the Americas: Beyond Silk and Silver

Kimberly Breier Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Washington, DC April 26, 2019 Thank you, Eric, and thank you to the Council for hosting me today. It’s a great honor for me to be here and to give these first remarks as Eric noted. This is a conversation that could not be more timely. ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 3, 21019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press.  A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy.  Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump stands for democracy in Venezuela

Office of the Press Secretary May 1, 2019 “The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side.” – President Donald J. Trump RESTORING DEMOCRACY AND PROSPERITY: President Donald J. Trump supports Interim President Guaido and the Venezuelan people in their fight for ... Read More»

Visit to the first Intermediate House of the New Correctional Model for Youth

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with President Morales and the First Lady in a visit to the first Intermediate House of the New Correctional Model for Youth in San José Pinula, implemented by the Secretary of Social Welfare of the Presidency. The Intermediate House is the first its kind in Central America that represents a New ... Read More»

Meeting with Pronacom and the private sector

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and members of the private sector learned about the discussions held by the Commissioner of Pronacom, Víctor Asturias, with the indigenous authorities of the highlands where they presented their concerns and proposals to improve the scope of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan. He also urged representatives of the private sector to collaborate ... Read More»

Security Alert – As a precaution, official approval is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29,  2019)  Location: Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments  Event:  As a precaution, official approval is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments due to on-going security concerns.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security ... Read More»

Join the YLAI Challenge

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Network empowers Guatemalan entrepreneurs to develop the skills necessary for their companies to grow and strengthen their communities. Through this tool, the US government offers training and contacts to transform their societies. We invite Guatemalan entrepreneurs to join the YLAI Network. Belonging to this Network allows people ... Read More»

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund: New Winners and Visionary Partners

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 20, 2019 On Tuesday, March 19, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Kimberly Breier, celebrated the fifth-year milestone of the  100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund , the Department of State’s signature education initiative that links U.S. universities with higher-education institutions in the Western Hemisphere. At the event, Assistant Secretary Breier ... Read More»

International Jazz Festival 2019

American artists Jamie Ousley & Florida International University Jazz Faculty Band accompanied by Rosse Aguilar Barrascout, Guatemalan saxophonist, participated in the 19th IGA Jazz Festival. As part of our support for cultural activities, the Public Affairs Section organized visits by the American artists who, in addition to participating in public events such as this festival, ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Hodge visits Del Monte facilities in Izabal

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited Del Monte Fresh Produce facilities in the department of Izabal, where he learned about the banana planting process and the operation of this company, which is key in creating more and better job opportunities. During his visit to Del Monte, the Deputy Chief of Mission learned about the ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 15, 2019) Location: Quetzaltenango Event: Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Quetzaltenango on March 27 and 28.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for a passport ... Read More»

Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Prior Deportation

Attempted to enter Meskwaki Casino using fraudulent identification Tuesday, March 12, 2019 A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost four months in federal prison. Victor Morales-Suar, age 42, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Marshalltown, Iowa, received the ... Read More»

Launching: Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) for Embassy

The purpose of the FNSIP is to offer foreign national students accepted into the program the unique opportunity of experiencing a foreign affairs work environment.  It is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking internships with U.S. Embassies outside the U.S.  This program benefits both the U.S. Embassy and students by providing the non-U.S. ... Read More»

Visit of Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the U.S. Coast Guard

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest met with representatives of the Guatemalan Army to discuss the benefits of a safe and prosperous maritime environment and the commitment of US support to the Guatemalan Navy for its continuous development. International collaboration plays an important role in anti-narcotics ... Read More»

Inauguration of the Access and SEAL programs

More than 500 students from the departments of Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Chichicastenango, Sololá, Cobán, Chiquimula, and Guatemala started classes in the Department of State-sponsored English Micro-scholarship Access and SEAL program, with which they will acquire tools to strengthen their capacities and increase their skills to create prosperity. The parents of the students participated in the inauguration ... Read More»

USAID’s “Dynamic Leaders Closing Gaps” Forum on International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the forum “Dynamic Leaders Closing Gaps” that celebrates advances and contributions from the U.S. and its development partners in favor of women and their efforts for a more inclusive society with prosperity, security and good governance in Guatemala. “The efforts have been positive, but ... Read More»

Observance of International Women’s Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO March 8, 2019 The United States is proud to observe International Women’s Day, March 8.  We extend our gratitude to the diverse women and girls around the globe who have made vast contributions in lifting up those facing challenges and hardship and put their ... Read More»

State Department Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson March 6, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. The Academy, in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, will ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga spoke with Wendy Miranda

Since his arrival in Guatemala in October 2017, Ambassador Luis Arreaga decided to take time out of his diplomatic agenda to meet distinguished Guatemalans, who are making positive changes in their communities and throughout the country. To commemorate Women’s History Month in the U.S., Ambassador Arreaga spoke with Wendy Miranda, an electronics engineer with a ... Read More»

The United States Revokes U.S. Entry of Maduro-Aligned Individuals and Family

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 1, 2019 The United States Revokes U.S. Entry of Maduro-Aligned Individuals and Family As Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced earlier today, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy. We are applying ... Read More»

Young Guatemalans participated in NASA’s Zero Robotics tournament

Ambassador Luis Arreaga recently delivered the official diplomas of the Zero Robotics tournament created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration and European Space Agency, to several of the young Guatemalans who participated in the competition, along with the coordinator of the program, former Hubert Humphrey, Wendy Miranda. ... Read More»

U.S. citizen adult passport renewals by mail, March 1, 2019

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 1, 2019)  Location: Guatemala Event: U.S. citizen adult passport renewals by mail The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a new program that will allow qualified adult U.S. citizens to renew their passports through courier service, eliminating the need to visit the U.S. Embassy.  The program begins March ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

U.S Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2019 Today, Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the nearly 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled Venezuela due to the political and economic crisis caused by ... Read More»

Cuba’s So-Called Referendum

Statement by Secretary Pompeo Office of the Spokesperson On February 24, the Cuban communist regime held what it called a “national referendum” on revisions to its constitution.  No one should be fooled by this exercise, which achieves little beyond perpetuating the pretext for regime’s one-party dictatorship.  The entire process has been marked by carefully managed political theater and repression of public ... Read More»

Vice President Michael R. Pence – Formal Remarks to the Lima Group

Vice President Michael R. Pence Formal Remarks to the Lima Group   Palacio de San Carlos – Bogota, Colombia – February 25, 2019 President Duque, President Varela, President Morales, and especially President Guaido of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela – Vice President Mourao, your Excellencies – it’s an honor to address the nations gathered here at this momentous hour for the people of Venezuela and for the progress of freedom in this hemisphere. I bring ... Read More»

The United States Sanctions Governors of Venezuelan States Aligned with Maduro

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 25, 2019 Today, the United States took action against four governors aligned with the illegitimate Maduro regime who prevented desperately needed international humanitarian assistance from entering Venezuela and/or engaged in corruption to the detriment of the Venezuelan people, in some cases involving human rights violations. Sanctions ... Read More»

Joint Statement Outlines Clear Path Toward Historic Northern Triangle Compact

On February 20, 2019, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Northern Triangle security ministers in San Salvador, El Salvador formalized the development of a “regional compact” and action plan aimed at addressing the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis of irregular migration and the formation of migrant caravans. By pairing new initiatives with existing ... Read More»

Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 23, 2019 Statement by Secretary Pompeo Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela Today has been a historic day.  Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world.  Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned out ... Read More»

U.S. Congress representatives visited Guatemala

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga welcomed Congress representatives Thomas Carper, Jeff Merkley, Lou Correa, Don Beyer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, and Donald Norcross on their visit to Guatemala. The delegation visited the country to discuss the relationship between both nations and how to create more prosperity, citizen security, and good governance for all Guatemalans. They met with ... Read More»

On the Proposed Amendment to the National Reconciliation Legislation in Guatemala

Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson U.S. Department of State The United States is deeply concerned about the proposed amendment to the national reconciliation law in Guatemala.  The amendment would grant broad amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses as well as for convicted criminals. The trials held in Guatemala for crimes ... Read More»

Secretary Nielsen Statement on New Migrant ‘Caravan’

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release February 5, 2019 Secretary Nielsen Statement on New Migrant ‘Caravan’ WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the new migrant ‘caravan’ that arrived at the Southern Border of the United States: “Approximately 2,000 ... Read More»

Presidential Elections in El Salvador

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON February 4, 2019 The United States congratulates Nayib Bukele on his election as the next president of the Republic of El Salvador. We salute the Salvadoran people for their commitment to democracy and their participation in a successful election. The United ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga talked with the entrepreneur Marvin Cardona of Huehuetenango

During his trip to Huehuetenango, Ambassador Luis Arreaga met Marvin Cardona, an agronomist and entrepreneur from Aguacatán, who three years ago tried to illegally migrate to the United States, but was deported from Mexico before reaching the border. Since his return, Marvin began working with the MIPFuturo project, implemented by Agropecuaria Popoyán with the support ... Read More»

Young Guatemalans participated in NASA’s Zero Robotics competition

Guatemalan Wendy Miranda, former Humphrey Scholar, had the opportunity to be a visiting scientist and mentor of students at the Space Systems Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working on NASA’s SPHERES project with satellites operated by the Station International Space. Wendy’s participation in this project gave her the opportunity to acquire an ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

January 31, 2019 Location: Guatemala City Event:  There are reports of a large teachers protest beginning today, January 31, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. in Guatemala City with estimates as high as 20,000 demonstrators participating.  The march is expected to begin at the Plaza Obelisco.  It will proceed down Reforma Avenue and pass the Embassy before stopping at ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Supports The Venezuelan People’s Efforts To Restore Democracy In Their Country

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2019 President Donald J. Trump Supports The Venezuelan People’s Efforts To Restore Democracy In Their Country “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.” – President Donald J. Trump RECOGNIZING THE LEGITIMATE ... Read More»

Remarks Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Organization of American States

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release                                                                                       January 24, 2019 Remarks   Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Organization of American States Washington, D.C.   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you very much.  The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people.  We have watched ... Read More»

Continuing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO January 23, 2019 The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaido, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela as they peacefully restore constitutional order to their country. We stand ready to support interim President Guaido as he establishes a transitional ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Recognizing Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela

Office of the Press Secretary January 23, 2019 Statement from President Donald J. Trump Recognizing Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela.  In its role as the only legitimate branch ... Read More»

Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 21, 2019) Location: Guatemala City Event:  An explosion occurred on a bus today in 9thAve. and 8th Street in Zone 7, Guatemala City.  There are reports of multiple injuries.  Guatemalan police are investigating the incident and indicate it was an attack related to extortion.  So far, ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, January 21

REF#: 2019-02 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, January 21, to commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Due to the current lapse in U.S. government appropriations the embassy will resume limited operations on  Tuesday, January 22.  For a description of services available during limited operations, please see press release #2018-64 Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 11, 2019)

January 11, 2019 Location: Guatemala Event: Various organizations announced today, January 11, that demonstrations and roadblocks will occur throughout Guatemala over the coming days. Expect heavy traffic and blocked roads throughout Guatemala City and in other areas in the country resulting in multiple hour delays. We do not have specific information relating to start or ... Read More»

Actions Against Venezuela’s Corrupt Regime

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary POMPEO January 10, 2019 The United States condemns Maduro’s illegitimate usurpation of power today following the unfree and unfair elections he imposed on the Venezuelan people on May 20, 2018. The United States remains steadfast in its support of the Venezuelan people and will continue to use ... Read More»

On the Fight against Corruption in Guatemala

REF# 2019–01 The United States is concerned about the future of anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala. Rule of law, reduced corruption, and an end to impunity are key to security, stability, and prosperity, not only in Guatemala, but throughout the region.  The U.S. government remains committed to supporting Guatemalan institutions and the Guatemalan people in their ongoing ... Read More»

The construction of the new U.S. Embassy generated more than 450 Guatemalan Jobs in 2018

REF# 2018-63 Guatemala City Mayor Ricardo Quiñónez and Charge D’Affaires David Hodge visited the construction site of the U.S. New Embassy Compound (NEC) in zone 16, to see progress since construction began on April 4.  In these 8 months, the NEC Project has contributed $12.7 million to date in the local economy and 450 Guatemalan ... Read More»

United States Action to Confront Illegal Immigration

Statement by Secretary Pompeo U.S. Department of State Today the United States Government announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States. We notified the Government of Mexico that the United States is invoking Section 235(b)(2)(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  We will begin implementation immediately. Individuals arriving in the United ... Read More»

The U.S. Strategy for Central America and Southern Mexico

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State The United States, in partnership with the government of Mexico, is committed to promoting a safer and more prosperous Central America by enhancing security, governance, and economic prosperity that can create greater opportunities and benefits for the people of the region and help us jointly address the ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga participated in Alliance for Prosperity Plan meeting

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the meeting of the Consultative Group of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan convened by Commissioner Asturias of Pronacom, which brought together representatives of the Government of Guatemala, the private sector, civil society, and the international community. During his participation, the Ambassador highlighted the pillars on which the US Strategy focuses: ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson December 11, 2018 Loy Henderson Auditorium Washington, D.C. DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Nathan, for that kind introduction. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all – esteemed ministers, colleagues, and guests – to this important discussion on counterterrorism in the ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission participated in the closing ceremony of WeAmericas

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge participated in the closing event of the 2nd. generation of the WEAmericas Accelerator program in Antigua Guatemala, which promotes the growth potential of Central American entrepreneur companies. The U.S. State Department invests US $ 2.2 million in WeAmericas through the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, benefiting entrepreneurs from Guatemala, ... Read More»

Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson  Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga and Mayor Quiñónez present the “Prosperous Neighborhood” program

Ambassador Arreaga and Mayor Quiñónez met to reaffirm the cooperative relationship between the Municipality of Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) with the launching of the Prosperous Neighborhood program and the signing of a letter of understanding between both institutions. This program will focus on strengthening communities ... Read More»

Next Level Program

The Arts Envoy program of the U.S. Department of State with the support from U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) in Guatemala and the Municipality of Villa Nueva, organized 7 days of multidisciplinary workshops “Next Level” in dance, graffiti, DJ, and Rap with young people from marginal areas of ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 7, 2018 Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to ... Read More»

Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Retalhuleu

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and US Major General Mark H. Berry, together with authorities of the Guatemalan Army, visited the Medical Readiness Training Exercise that both countries are carrying out in the department of Retalhuleu. The Arkansas National Guard together with the Army and Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare of Guatemala provided primary care ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, December 5

REF# 2018-57 December 4, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in remembrance of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.  Visa appointments for this day have been rescheduled.  For additional instructions about rescheduling a visa appointment, please check your email or contact the consular services helpline ... Read More»

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Statement by Secretary Pompeo November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and ... Read More»

Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2018) Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga and Commissioner Asturias visited Huehuetenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Commissioner Victor Asturias of Pronacom visited Huehuetenango to learn about several of the projects of the United States Embassy in the region. One of them is the Centro para Jóvenes en Aguacatán, where USAID Guatemala and its World Vision partners provide learning opportunities in basic and technological education. They had the ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

November 19, 2018 Location: Escuintla, Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Event: On Sunday, November 18, Fuego Volcano erupted for the fifth time in 2018.  The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of Barranca Seca and Santa Teresa. Strong explosions have generated ashes up to height of 17,060 ... Read More»

Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 9, 2018 By The President Of The United States Of America A PROCLAMATION The United States expects the arrival at the border between the United States and Mexico (southern border) of a substantial number of aliens primarily from Central America who appear to have no lawful ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump is upholding the rule of law and ensuring consequences for those who illegally cross our border

“Illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry” – President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: President Donald J. Trump will take action to ensure asylum is not ... Read More»

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement on DHS-DOJ Asylum Regulation

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs November 8, 2018 WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker released the following statement on the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asylum regulation: “Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 31, 2018 Location: Tecun Uman and Huehuetenango  Event:  Due to ongoing migrant caravans transiting through Guatemala the U.S. Embassy has reduced all official and personal travel to Tecun Uman and Huehuetenango.  The Embassy is monitoring ongoing caravans through Guatemala, and remains concerned about increased risk of travel blockages, political instability, and criminal activity.  Additionally, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Migrant Caravan

October 21, 2018 The United States is closely following the migrant caravan, in which thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and in the process are violating their sovereignty, their laws, and their procedures. As ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the caravan of migrants and their meeting with the president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Mexico City International Airport, Mexico October 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: I just wanted to give you a little bit of a readout on my meeting with President Pena Nieto. It was a good conversation. We are jointly very focused on the caravanthat is making its way through. The Mexican Government ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Hodge visited Casa del Migrante

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited the Casa del Migrante in Guatemala City to speak directly with families who are attempting an extremely dangerous trip to the United States. He emphasized what President Donald J. Trump said yesterday: “Anyone who enters the United States illegally will be arrested and detained before being deported.” TheDeputy Chief ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 12, 2018 Location: Huehuetenango  Event:  There are reports of ongoing violence in Ixquisis, San Mateo Ixtatan, Huehuetenango Department.   As a precaution, officially approved travel is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango Department.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. October 11, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary, thank you for your hospitality this morning and for the outstanding leadership that you have brought to your role as Secretary of State for the United States of America. To President Hernandez, to President ... Read More»

Commemoration of International Day of the Girl

Mrs. Mary Arreaga shared the International Day of the Girl with girls from the El Refugio de la Niñez Protection Center, a project supported by USAID Guatemala as part of our commitment in the fight against trafficking in persons and protection of the full development of girls. We commemorate this day, recognizing the important work of ... Read More»

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Judiciary

As part of our support for the Justice System, U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) and the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the participation of Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and OJ President José Pineda Barales. This memorandum seeks to support the courts to ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 1, 2018) Location: San Marcos Event: Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in San Marcos on October 16 and 17.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for ... Read More»

Visit of Congress Representatives Byrne, Bordallo, and Torres to Guatemala

U.S. Congress Representatives Bradley Byrne, Madeleine Bordallo, and Norma Torres visited Guatemala and, together with Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, met with Attorney General Consuelo Porras at the Public Ministry of Guatemala, where they received a guided tour of the Prosecutor’s Office Against Extortion. Since the creation of this office in 2017, the U.S. has supported ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump To the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 25, 2018 THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented ... Read More»

United States Continues To Assist Venezuelans in Need

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence announced today at the 73rd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, more than $48 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans affected by the man-made crisis in Venezuela. This funding will help provide ... Read More»

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2018 Today, the United States imposed sanctions on four current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela: First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, ... Read More»

SaborUSA presented several leading U.S. products to the local market

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared with hundreds of Guatemalans the successful SaborUSA experience, which presented several leading U.S. products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. During the event, the official toured different stands in which he showed the fusion of the talent of prominent Guatemalan ... Read More»

Art in the Embassies Program

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and his wife Mary Arreaga celebrated the importance of Art in a cultural exchange at the official residence as part of the Art in the Embassies program from the U.S. Department of State, that creates an intercultural dialogue on mutual understanding through Visual Arts and the dynamic exchange of artists. The ... Read More»

Visit the exhibition SaborUSA!

Live an extraordinary taste experience with great recipes prepared by Guatemalan chefs, with the best products from the United States. The Department of Agriculture USDA Guatemala, in collaboration with different partners and importers of North American products, presents this event to offer a tour of different dishes of the American culture. We walk the flavors ... Read More»

Meeting with LGBTI Organizations

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge met with leaders who advocate for the Human Rights of LGBTI people in Guatemala, representatives of organizations such as Visibles, Rednads, Lambda Association, CAS, Oasis Guatemala, Trans-Formation Collective and the Human Rights Ombudsman. During this meeting, theDeputy Chief of Mission emphasized that we all have the right to live ... Read More»

Inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center of Conred with the support of Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. The U.S. contributed US $ 150,000 to build the new decision-making room of said center, which will be used by the Emergency Council of the Government of Guatemala in case of ... Read More»

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

September 14, 2018 Location: Coban, Alta Verapaz Event: Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for the American Community residing or traveling in Coban.  Embassy staff and consular officers will provide information of interest and will also be available to answer inquiries regarding American Citizen services provided in Guatemala.  Although ... Read More»

Guatemala’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Guatemala on your celebration of 197 years of independence on September 15. The United States remains committed to working together with the Guatemalan people to increase prosperity and improve security and governance in Guatemala.  ... Read More»

National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 13, 2018 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism. We are grateful for the innumerable contributions ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 11, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  Large-scale demonstrations of tens of thousands of participants are expected on September 12, 2018, in Guatemala City.  Demonstrators plan to meet at several locations within the city and march towards Congress in zone 1.  The reported gathering locations include the Obelisco in zone 10, Trébol in zone 11, Metro Norte in ... Read More»

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokerson Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ... Read More»

Patriot Day, 2018 – By the President of The United States of America – A Proclamation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 10, 2018 On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom.  We come together, today, to recall this ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 6, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event:  There are unconfirmed reports of large-scale demonstrations and roadblocks to begin in and around Guatemala City over the coming days.  There are confirmed reports that as many as 1000 public medical providers and others plan to march from ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Guatemala President Jimmy Morales

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales today. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ support for Guatemalan sovereignty. They discussed the importance of continuing our cooperation in the fight against corruption and impunity and the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 1, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event: Demonstrations are planned to begin today at 3:00 p.m. in front of the National Palace in Zone 1. U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced. ​Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of ... Read More»

The United States Closely Monitors Use of Equipment Donated for Law Enforcement Purposes

REF# 2018-45 Since 2013 the United States Government has donated 148 Jeep J8 vehicles to the Government of Guatemala. These vehicles were donated for law enforcement use by the Interagency Task Forces Tecun Uman, Chorti, and Xinca for the purpose of combatting criminal activity and narcotics trafficking, with a focus on Guatemala’s borders. Several of ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – August 31, 2018

Location: Guatemala City Event: Protests are scheduled to occur today at Constitutional Plaza, CICIG, and possibly Parque Central in Antigua, following President Jimmy Morales’ announcement that the government of Guatemala will not renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).  U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced.  Actions to take: ... Read More»

The United States is Committed to Fighting Corruption and Impunity

REF# 2018-44 The United States is aware of the Guatemalan Government’s decision not to renew the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala’s (CICIG) mandate to operate in Guatemala.  As many senior U.S. officials have stated, we believe that CICIG is an effective and important partner in fighting impunity, improving governance, and holding the corrupt accountable ... Read More»

How does the U.S. support the Alliance for Prosperity Plan?

The United States Strategy for Central America (Strategy) is a bipartisan multiannual plan of the US Government. UU that promotes institutional reform and addresses development challenges. The Strategy aims to protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance and economic factors that drive illegal immigration and illicit trafficking, as well as increasing opportunities for US ... Read More»

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Hotline for Questions regarding Family Reunifications

FAMILY REUNIFICATION HOTLINE (overseas): +001 646-478-1560 Toll Free Number Calling from the United States: 888-582-2853 Family members, legal representatives and others with questions about family reunification may call this hotline established by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Steering Committee, related to a lawsuit in the United States regarding the reunification of immigrant families ... Read More»

Visit of guitarist Randall Zwally

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the concert offered by professor and guitarist Randall Zwally as an initiative to share the history and culture of the United States, and inspire young people to find in art a tool of prosperity. Young people from zone 21 that are part of the ensemble of guitars of the Municipality ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala, August 22, 2018 Location: Sacatepequez, Escuintla, Guatemala City  Event:The government of Guatemala recently reopened highway RN-14 that has been closed since Volcano Fuego erupted.  RN-14 connects Antigua to Escuintla. However, the U.S. Embassy has restricted its personnel from traveling on RN-14 due to the poor state of the road and threats of additional lahars ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala City Event: There is potential for an uptick in gang violence throughout the month of August.  As a preventative measure, the police have increased random checkpoints, traffic stops and vehicle searches throughout Guatemala City.  August 15 is the anniversary of a 2005 gang war between Barrio 18 and MS-13, and gang members could ... Read More»

Sesame Street in Escuintla

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Mrs. Arreaga attended the workshop given by the Sesame Street Foundation, aimed at the victims of the Volcán de Fuego tragedy, which took place at the UNICEF shelter, located at the Armando Barillas National Stadium in Escuintla. Elmo, Lola, Abby and the Cookie Monster traveled to Guatemala to share with survivors ... Read More»

The United States Embassy condemns the murder of Juana Raimundo

REF# 2018-41 In response to the murder of human rights activist and indigenous leader Juana Raimundo, the Embassy of the United States of America reiterates its strong condemnation of the series of violent attacks and killings targeting human rights defenders. We renew our call to Guatemalan authorities for a timely and thorough investigation into these ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence in Nicaragua and human rights abuses committed by the Ortega regime in response to protests. After years of fraudulent elections and the regime’s manipulation of Nicaraguan law – as well as the suppression of civil society, opposition parties, and independent ... Read More»

“Denuncia La Trata” campaign launch with USAID Guatemala support

On the World Day Against Trafficking, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the “Denuncia La Trata” campaign accompanied by representatives of the Human Rights Ombudsman, the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, the Public Prosecutor of Guatemala, the PGN Guatemala, SVET and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Guatemala is a place of origin, ... Read More»

Travel Advisory for Guatemala

REF#2018-40 July 27, 2018 The State Department released an update on July 27 to its Travel Advisory for Guatemala originally published on January 10, 2018.  The updated Advisory lowered the Advisory level for Guatemala from a Level 3 to a Level 2, Exercise Increased Caution due to crime.  The State Department also recommends U.S. citizens ... Read More»

SPMAGTF Task Force in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga traveled to Petén and Belize in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that is part of the vehicles used by theSPMAGTF Task Force organized by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for the humanitarian assistance exercises carried out in the country together with other partners in the region. Part of the bilateral cooperation actions focused ... Read More»

College fair organized by EducationUSA

Dozens of young people participated in the Alumni College Fair 2018 organized by EducationUSA Guatemala with the commitment to promote new opportunities for higher education to boost the prosperity of young people. More than 20 American universities presented their study plans, registration processes and programs for international students in which Guatemalan youth can participate. USA ... Read More»

Ambassador spoke with youth from the Altiplano who participate in USAID Guatemala projects

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with young people from the Altiplano who participate in different USAID Guatemala projects who shared their challenges, aspirations and perspective on development issues. During the meeting they also discussed the search for opportunities to be protagonists of prosperity in their communities, talked about citizen participation, access to public services, educational achievements, ... Read More»

Ambassador met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango to learn about the efforts to promote citizen participation and access to justice for indigenous people. Inclusive development and good governance are essential to guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens. We support through USAID Guatemala the inclusive dialogue that promotes the prosperity and sustainability of ... Read More»

Local Nexus of USAID Guatemala in Sacapulas, Quiché promotes transparent municipal governments

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited Sacapulas, Quiché, where he observed the work done by USAID Guatemala through Local Nexus to promote transparent municipal governments that seek to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the population in an effective and inclusive manner and strengthen good governance. The Ambassador met the mayor of Sacapulas, and visited the municipal water ... Read More»

PROINNOVA Project for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala

During his visit to Quiché, Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the project Innovative Solutions for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala and the Feed The Future initiative of the US Government, which seeks to improve the quality of life of families in the Altiplano. The beneficiaries and executors of the program presented the Ambassador with  demonstration ... Read More»

Ambassador receives guided tour of Chichicastenango by Access students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the handicraft market of Chichicastenango on a guided tour by two young Access alumni, who demonstrated the skills acquired by being part of this English scholarship program. One of Access’s goals is to increase the educational and employment opportunities of its graduates by learning the English language. The Ambassador also met ... Read More»

Security Alert – Road closures and off limit areas – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 11, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Escuintla, Huehuetenango  Event: CA-2 between the city of Escuintla and Cocales (Km.113) is now open for travel for Embassy personnel.  The road had been off limits due to concerns about rivers and bridges along the route. The following routes remain closed: RN – 14 (Between Escuintla and Antigua Guatemala) is permanently closed by ... Read More»

Ambassador participates in Civic Municipal program commemorating the 4th of July

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated with the Mayor of Guatemala City, Ricardo Quiñónez, and students from five educational establishments in the Municipal Civic Program organized by the Municipality of Guatemala, which this month is dedicated to the celebration of Independence of the United States. The Ambassador pointed out that on July 4 we not only ... Read More»

Vice President Mike Pence visited Guatemala

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Guatemala with the Second Lady, Karen Pence, and the Secretary of the Department of National Security of the United States, Kirstjen Nielsen. This visit to the Western Hemisphere responds to the commitment of joint cooperation in the region, the strengthening of fair trade, the security alliance and the strengthening ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence to Migrant Community at the Santa Catarina Shelter

Santa Catarina Church Manaus, Brazil THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Father Alex. It is a great privilege for my wife Karen and I to be here with you, with Archbishop Don Sergio here at Santa Catarina, which is demonstrating the love of God by being the hands and feet of Christ to people from Venezuela. ... Read More»

Release of Political Prisoners

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared “prisoners of conscience,” are just two examples of how the Cuban government continues to ... Read More»

United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. This funding for the Venezuelan people includes a contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s regional response ... Read More»

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 9, 10 and 11, 2018)

Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit (Costa Rica) will offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefit services, on July 9, ... Read More»

The United States Embassy condemns violence against human rights defenders

REF# 2018-34 June 13, 2018 In response to the recent killings of human rights defenders in Guatemala, the Embassy of the United States of America strongly condemns this wave of violence, particularly attacks targeting campesino leaders. We reaffirm the valuable work of human rights defenders, who are at the forefront of the struggle for a ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: As of June 12 at 7:35 a.m. Fuego Volcano continues to emit currents of hot gas and volcanic matter towards the Chimaltenango area based on direction of the winds. Guatemalan authorities discourage visiting closed areas.  Avalanches have produced ash columns, which may result in ash fall in affected areas over ... Read More»

Traffic and Demonstrations Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City  Event: The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) announced today that marches will occur throughout Guatemala City starting tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.  CODECA identified the areas around the Obelisco in Zone 10, Metro Norte in Zone 17, El Trebol in Zone 11, and Perrirosevelt in Zone 7 as possible areas of heavy traffic ... Read More»

Donation of water filters by USAID / OFDA

The US Government through USAID Guatemala and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance delivered 300 water filters as part of the humanitarian assistance for families sheltered by the emergency of the Volcán de Fuego. The United States works with the Government of Guatemala and Conred on humanitarian aid actions for families affected by the ... Read More»

Donation of water filters by the US Army

The US Army in coordination with the Government of Guatemala made a donation of humanitarian aid consisting of 190 water filters within the Municipality of San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepéquez; an area that is currently being used as a displaced persons camp for the victims of the recent eruption of the Volcán de Fuego. Helping to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Providing Humanitarian Assistance for El Fuego Disaster Response

REF# 2018-32 June 6, 2018 The United States is supporting the Government of Guatemala’s response to the devastation caused by the June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano by providing an initial $300,000 in immediate humanitarian assistance. With this support, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is working ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 5, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: On Tuesday, June 5, Fuego Volcano erupted again at approximately 2:10 p.m. local time. The new eruption dispersed hot gas and volcanic matter into the air in the direction of west and northwest, but the direction could change in accordance with prevailing winds. The Guatemalan governmental agency for natural disasters ... Read More»

Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala

U.S. Department of State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert  The United States will assist the families affected by Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who perished as a result of this terrible natural disaster. Our Embassy in Guatemala is in touch with Guatemalan authorities and stands ready to support their ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 4, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ... Read More»

Western Hemisphere: Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State OAS Headquarters Washington, DC June 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Secretary General Almagro and your team, for organizing this 48th General Assembly of the OAS. We are incredibly grateful for your leadership. It is a pleasure to be here at the OAS for the first time ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 3, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ... Read More»

Statement By Secretary Pompeo: LGBTI Pride Month

Statement By Secretary Pompeo Office of the Spokesperson The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue ... Read More»

Memorial Day commemoration ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the commemoration ceremony of Memorial Day in gratitude to those who have given their lives in the service of the United States. War Day or Memorial Day is a federal commemorative date that takes place in the United States of America on the last Monday of May of each year, ... Read More»

Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 26, 2018 The United States welcomes the release of Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara, who were unjustly imprisoned in Venezuela. We extend our special thanks to Senator Bob Corker, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee, Representative Mia Love, and all the ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 28

REF#: 2018-30 May 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, May 28, to commemorate Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday that honors military service members who died serving the United States. The mission, including all agencies of the U.S. Government represented in Guatemala, will resume their regular activities on ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 Today, I have taken action to prevent the Maduro regime from conducting “fire sales,” liquidating Venezuela’s critical assets—assets the country will need to rebuild its economy. This money belongs to the Venezuelan people. I have signed an Executive Order to prevent the Maduro regime ... Read More»

Prohibiting certain additional Transactions with respect to Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 ... Read More»

Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela’s Elections

June 21, 2018 Venezuela’s election was a sham ­– neither free nor fair. The illegitimate result of this fake process is a further blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela. Every day, thousands of Venezuelans flee brutal oppression and grinding poverty – literally voting with their feet. The United States will not sit idly ... Read More»

An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson May 21, 2018 Statement by Secretary Pompeo The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20.  This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy.  Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path ... Read More»

CentamSmoke exercise with firefighters from the 612 Air Squadron

Recently, a CentamSmoke exercise was carried out to share operational experiences with the participation of American firefighters from the 612 Air Squad and 30 firefighters from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The training covered security issues, personal protection equipment, structural and aircraft fire evolutions, basic medical preparation, vehicle extraction and familiarization with ... Read More»

Charge d’Affaires visited the La Unión sugar mill in Escuintla

The Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, visited along with other officials of the Embassy, the La Unión sugar mill in Escuintla, to learn about the production of sugar, alcohol and electric power from the cultivation of sugarcane. The members of the sugar community of Guatemala, presented several of the sustainable development projects and their social responsibility ... Read More»

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Statement Washington, DC May 17, 2018 The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ... Read More»

Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Quetzaltenango, May 29-30, 2018

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Quetzaltenango on May 29 and 30.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for a passport renewal.  You may schedule appointments by calling the American Citizen Services unit at 2326-4942. Passport renewals are the only ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

May 14, 2018 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  Continued heavy rainfall is affecting road conditions and could lead to landslides and flooding throughout Guatemala.  According to the Government of Guatemala, these conditions signal the beginning of the rainy season. Actions to Take: Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe. Check ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in a Meeting of the Lima Group

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT May 14, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo participated via videoconference today in the Lima Group foreign and finance ministers meeting, which was hosted by Mexico and included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, ... Read More»

On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 14, 2018 Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under ... Read More»

Launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy of the Comprehensive Care Unit for HIV and Chronic Infections Dr. Carlos Rodolfo Mejía Villatoro of Hospital Roosevelt. This strategy, implemented by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, aims to get people with HIV to start treatment within a maximum of ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice Presidente Pence, during a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States

Organization of American States Washington, D.C. May 7, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Ambassador Gonzalez, Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, permanent representatives, distinguished members of Congress, ambassadors, all of our honored guests, it is my great honor to be here in the House of the Americas to address this session of the Organization of American States.  ... Read More»